but, and this is actually even more important, it added 127,000 more jobs than we thought in november and december. so altogether, today's jobs report added more than 280,000 jobs. 280,000 to the economy. that is pretty good. but it was what those reports said about the debate we are having in washington that was really interesting. when we measure economic growth, we're not measuring all that many things. it is only four main things, at least in category, there is consumer spending, what you and i buy. there is investment, so factoring in getting a new machine, that was very slightly down. there is trade, the stuff we export, minus the stuff we import. that is a bit down. and government spending, all levels, state, local, federal. way down. the economy didn't shrink by much in the fourth quarter, only a tenth of 1%. but almost all of it came from the government cutting back, mostly because of cuts in defense spending.